Civil War

The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes, focusing on events from 1861 through 1865.  The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation.

This Week in the Civil War - #1109

Jun 9, 2015

  Confederate General Joseph Johnston struggled financially after the war.  He became president of a small railroad company until 1868, when he then established an insurance company in Savannah, Georgia which became an agent for the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company.  That venture allowed him time to write his memoirs, which were critical of Jefferson Davis and others of his fellow Confederates.  Entering politics in 1879, he was elected to one term in Congress and later served as a commissioner of railroads during the Grover Cleveland administration.  Serving as a pallbearer

When J.R. Hardman, 28, asked to join a group of Civil War re-enactors in a military drill a few years ago, the unit commander said no dice.

Hardman was willing to wear the wool uniform, carry the gear, load the muskets, eat the hardtack, but the brass still said no.

Because ... J.R. Hardman is a woman.

The unit commander told her to talk to his wife, who would help Hardman find a hoop skirt.

This Week in the Civil War - #1108

Jun 8, 2015

  After the war, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman served as Commanding General of the United States Army, 1869 to 1883.  During that time, he also served briefly as the interim Secretary of War after the death of John A.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez wants to change readers' perspective on the Civil War. Her best-selling debut novel, Wench, explored the lives of slave women — not on Southern plantations, but in a resort for slaveowners' mistresses in Ohio. Her new book, Balm, is set in the postwar period, and it's also in an unexpected place: Chicago.

This Week in the Civil War - #1107

Jun 5, 2015

  Four individuals—Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlen, Edman Spangler, and Samuel Mudd-- did not receive the death penalty for conspiracy in Lincoln’s death.  They earned prison sentences.  O’Laughlen died of yellow fever at Fort Jefferson in 1867, the same outbreak which earned Dr. Mudd his presidential pardon.